Music: Stolen Gems—Transcriptions for Harp

Sunday, Nov 12, 2017 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Harpist Victoria Drake entertains with arrangements she transcribed for the harp. From a wide range of styles and genres and across several centuries, these highlight the special capacity of the harp. From well-known pieces for the cello and guitar to keyboard works of famous composers, Victoria Drake brings to the harp her own perspective on repertoire written for other instruments. She will also talk about the harp and demonstrate how it works.

Community partner and venue: Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East

Victoria Drake, harpist, is a multi-faceted artist with a career that stretches the boundaries of music for the harp. She performs regularly with the American Symphony Orchestra, New York City Ballet, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Voices of Ascension, and the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra, and has worked with American Ballet Theatre, Musica Sacra, New York City Opera, New York Philharmonic, Oratorio Society of New York, and Orpheus. She has been performing as principal harpist with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in Minnesota since 2008. She has appeared as concerto soloist with several notable orchestras in the New York area. She performs regularly at the Bard Music Festival and has played at the Aspen, Banff, Cabrillo, Cape May, Caramoor, Fontainebleau, and Vermont Mozart Festivals. She has received numerous awards, and achieved finalist status at the 10th International Harp Contest in Israel. As recital soloist and chamber musician, she has appeared across the country, as well as in Israel and France.

She performed some of her recently published transcriptions of the Six Cello Suites of J.S. Bach at the 2012 American Harp Society Conference in New York City, the 2014 World Harp Congress in Sydney, Australia, and recently at the 2017 World Harp Congress in Hong Kong. Tori’s interest in expanding the harp repertoire has led to four solo recordings: Harping on Bach, Scarlatti’s Harp, Spanish Gold and From the Bach Notebook of Harpist Victoria Drake: The complete Cello Suites Transcribed. She has also recorded the Mozart Concerto for Flute and Harp on period instruments with Sandra Miller and the American Classical Orchestra under Thomas Crawford and the Frank Martin Petite symphonie concertante with Philharmonia Virtuosi. She has performed and recorded Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg with Georg Solti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She has also recorded contemporary music for the Arabesque, CRI, Koch and Spectrum labels.

Her Broadway credentials include the Tony-winning Broadway revivals The King and I and 42nd Street, and The Light in the Piazza at Lincoln Center Theater. She can be heard on those original cast albums, as well as many movie soundtracks. She has also performed with many popular artists including Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Lady Gaga, Audra MacDonald, Barry Manilow, Sting, and Luther Vandross.
 

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